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. s&p down three. >>> what might happen next year if congress doesn't avoid the fiscal cliff. a person earning 50-$75,000 a year would see a hike of $2,400. >>> gas prices in the bay area and around california are still dropping. that is according to aaa. the trend will continue into the new year. the average price of a gallon is $3.60-in san francisco. san jose $3.49. oakland $3.48. california is reflecting a national trend as demand is low and supplies are high. >>> back to the developing news we showed you earlier. an apparent head on collision had forced police to shut down highway 84. that has now been reopened but as a result of that closure you can see the traffic backup. this is highway 84 in the livermore area. westbound lanes, severe back up. no word about the injuries, what the conditions are of the people involved in the accident but we are continuing to work the phones and get more details. you can see from our picture here, the incredible traffic back up. if you are planning to be around that area, you might try to take another route. >>> move on to weather now. after yes
, a couple of days ago you said you thought we were going to go over the fiscal cliff and now we are in the midst of a lot of last-ditch bargaining between the senate leaders, reid and mcconnell, what are the chances for a small deal in the next, less than 48 hours to avoid the cliff. >> exceedingly good. i think people don't want to go over the cliff, if we can avoid it. i think, whatever we accomplish, political victory to the president, hats off to him, he stood his ground and will get tax increases, maybe not 250 but upper income americans and the sad news is we have accomplished little, in terms of not becoming greece, that bill will not affect the debt situation and it will be a a political victory for the president and i hope we have courage of our convictions, when it comes to raise the debt ceiling to fight what we believe as republicans. hats off to the president, he won. >> chris: quick follow-up, before we turn to senator feinstein, you said you don't think your conservative colleagues in the senate will filibuster or set up a procedural roadblock, they'll vote to avo
of the so-called fiscal cliff, but how about the dairy cliff? milk prices could double next year because a national farm bill expires on january 1st. if lawmakers do not extend that bill it, reverts to 1949 law when the government and not the market controlled prices. because of antiquated formulas used to set the price, a gallon of milk which now costs close to $4 in most places could jump to 6 or possibly even $8. >> it's the most important ingredient we use. if prices go up, it definitely affects our business. we're definitely concerned and we keep our eyes on the market. >> but some experts are downplaying the dairy cliff, saying the agriculture department will stall until congress moves to keep prices down. the farm bill provides disaster relief for farmers. >>> gay couples are now allowed to marry in the state of maine. [ applause ] >> this is video of the first gay couple to wed in portland, main. the two exchanged vows in the city clerk's office just after midnight when the new law took effect. voters in maine, washington state, and maryland approved gay marriage in november. gay
going over the fiscal cliff. i'll have more on that in my next update. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> analysts say if the country goes over the fiscal shift it could send the economy back if into a recession. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to return to work next week. a specksman for clinton says she continues to recooperate at home. doctors say clinton contracted a stomach virus earlier this month and became dehydrated and fainted. >>> the sonoma county sheriffs office will continue its search today for a possible plane crash. an eyewitness reported seeing smoke coming from a distressed aircraft in the hills. search crews combed that area but have found nothing. >>> the military is investigating a fighter jet that went down near fresno know. the plane crashed during a routine training mission yesterday afternoon. that about 100 east of fresno. the jet was flying between 12,000 own 15,000 feet at the time of the emergency. and the pilot ejected safely. >> there are no new one. >> no one was hurt on the ground. >>> time now 5:14. the city of
agree to it but it's all tied up in the fiscal cliff mess. tax filing season starts next week but the irs would put a hold on that for some. officials would wait for a deal in the new year instead of doing serious reprogramming to their tax system. filing would then be pushed back to march for millions. with refunds coming much later than usual. especially for those who plan on paying off credit card bills that often pile up after the holidays. now all of this could be avoided a deal before the deadline monday night but some long time lawmakers fear it won't happen, more on that when i see you next. live in washington. >> oil prices started edging up arch the president announced he would return from vacation early so he could work on fiscal cliff negotiations. crude oil sells for almost $91 a barrel up nearly two dollars a barrel. it's expected to increase as hope rises that a budget deal can be reached before the deadline and that could keep the economy growing while no agreement may put the united states back into recession. >> several states are under blizzard warning thi
. >> it's the uncertainty, fiscal cliff and how things are going to pan out from these next few months moving forward. >> reporter: economic experts agree, in the past they say a looming sales tax hike would have inspired a shopping frenzy but not now. >> today i think it's the opposite. gee we're just in the midst of massive amounts of tax confusion i think this level of uncertainty is going to put some breaks on spending in general. >> i just think you should save money while you can. >> reporter: still some are spending here at the albany target. lawrence williams knew he needed a tv and figured he would save a few extra dollars buying today. >> with the tax hike and what have you, it's going to be even more expensive. so, why not save now. >> one bit of good news for shoppers, the sales tax increase does not apply to your gas. in alameda county, ann rubin, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> new california laws taking effect with the new year include efforts to better protect children. coaches and administrators in schools will be required to report suspected child sexual abuse. and it will b
. >> that is nice, thanks, alex. >>> on capitol hill the debate over the fiscal cliff continues to strike a partisan tone with only days left before the deadline. on the senate floor today harry reid blasted john john boehner, accusing him of inaction, he called on him to round up his colleagues so a deal can be reached. >> john boehner seemed to care more about keeping his speaker s hip than keeping the nation on firm footing. >> a speaker for him said he should legitimate more and talk less about that. major tax cuts will hit by then, the president cut short his vacation in hawaii to resume negotiations. >>> a new survey shows u.s. consumer confidence tumbled as the fiscal cliff nears, the consumer confidence index fell to 65 in december, the lowest level since august, last month it was at 71.5. economists say the decline is due to fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week. barkley is considering a plan to change the face of downtown with the first high rise in that city in 40 years, a los angeles real estate group today submitted and application for t
increases go into effect next week. why some believe we will head over the fiscal cliff before washington takes action. >> reporter: the halls of power empty, although negotiators and the president are back at work. >> at the very least, let's agree right now on what we already agree on. >> reporter: an olive branch to the gop, and carrot to corporate giants. the administration now suggesting cutting corporate tax rates. the u.s. has among the world's highest. but closing loopholes that helped google, for instance, avoid $2 billion in taxes last year. >> corporations are a little concerned. >> reporter: gary is optimistic about a deal. >> i'd still rate it better than 50/50. >> reporter: what seems increasingly likely is to allow the country to go over that fiscal cliff, triggering higher taxes. that would allow hard line republicans to vote for lower taxes, a few days later. >> to make them look better? to appease voters. if that's the reason, great. >> reporter: some call it a low form of political shenanigans. >> i think that's horrible, they would put the american people through that
processing the scone for the next couple of hours. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, janine. >>> there are new developments today in efforts to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff at midnight. president obama addressed the nation and said a resolution is within sight. kyla campbell joins us from washington with the issues that still remain unresolved good afternoon, kyla. >> reporter: david, i just got off the phone with senate officials and they say there's no word yet on a possible vote today. with the hours ticking away, president obama came out to say a deal is in sight but it's not yet complete. vice president joe biden took over negotiations with mitch mcconnell yesterday after talks stalled between senate leaders. now, mcconnell said just minutes ago he wants to move forward on the tax offer and the latest democratic offer is to raise taxes on households making more than $450,000 a year. but there's still disagreements about spending cuts. >> that has been a good faith negotiation. we all want to protect tax payers. and can get it done now. >> we
remain before our country goes over the fiscal cliff. here is more from our washington d.c. newsroom. >> reporter: brian is congress does not act taxes will go up on all americans next tuesday. they are scheduled to get back to work for tomorrow morning which is when president barack obama's flight returns from hawaii but many are pest mystic he will reach -- pessimist particular they will reach the deadline. it is the republican controlled householding out. house speaker john boehner wants increase for those making only 1 million a year. they say it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not. >> if we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional you are responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: some republicans are saying president barack obama will actually get his way if a fiscal cliff is not reached before the deadline, kyle la campbell, washington d.c. newsroom. >>> and in general delegations are not as crowded as the first ones. as many as 800,000 are expected to be there for the president's 21st inauguration and that's less than
down. did they not see this coming? were they too optimistic? > > i think the fiscal cliff made a much bigger difference than people realize. if the average consumer is looking at somewhere between a $500 and $2500 increase in taxes next year, it is going to change their behavior, just like it changed company behaviors when you saw them accelerate their dividends. so, when the government goes and changes behavior, it is going to affect things like retail sales. > quickly mark, the oil market. how is it being affected? > > we saw a kind of terrorist thing go on in the united arab emirates, and that is what drove up oil today. however, i think that's a short-lived rally. with oil above $90, i think it is a short here. you have fewer people driving, fewer people spending. that is bad for oil. > very good. mark sebastian of option pit. thanks very much. thank you. paul eggers joins us in the studio today. paul? thanks chuck. good to be here. meantime in washington, though tax rates on the really rich may be getting all the attention, if there is no fix to an obscure corner of the tax code,
concerns. >> just the uncertainty, the fiscal cliff and how things are gonna pan out from these next few months. >> the increase on sales tax from prop 30 will last for four years. the god news for consumers, the sales increase does not apply to gas. >>> 8:24. let's go to tara right now. we have some problems on caltrain. what's going on? >> that's right. on the southbound 322 train we had an emergency break near brisbane due to signal problems. we'll keep you posted on whether it causes more widespread delays. 101 looking good. we do want to mention that muni, vta, caltrain and sam transare all offering free rides tonight. so be aware of it. b.a.r.t. also offering extended service. up next, the bay bridge, your commute into san francisco, a nice one. no delays at all. the metering lights never went on. 101 near san jose, northbound as you make your way to the air looking good. here's steve. >>> all right, tara. thank you very much. cold this morning. 20s, upper 20s -- 20ss, some 30s. that system coming in is losing a lot of its punch. 30s, livermore airport has just gotten a little bit
to washington sooner than planned, what he is saying about avoiding the fiscal cliff. >>> and what they are doing to keep escalators in service at bart stations. >>> we have a report in the south bay coming up, we will tell you about that next. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. . >>> welcome back, new this morning, thousands have been left homeless in manila. authorities say a riot broke out after a second fire left 8,000 people homeless. a man was accused of starting the fire but the fire was likely sparked by a burning candle. >>>
on the fiscal cliff a new bill to prevent the so-called dairy cliff is sitting on the back burner. leaders agreed to a one-year extension of the expiring u.s. farm bill. so far there is no house vote scheduled without passage of the bill milk prices could double next month. estimates are a gallon of milk could go up to $8 a gallon. >>> u.s. senate report on the attack in benghazi blames the state department depth for not having a plan to rescue americans. this report says the state department failed to respond to increasing security threats in benghazi. in the future the state department needs to decide if they can provide adequate security for diplomats and where it can't do it american personnel need to be taken out of those postings. >>> hillary clinton remains under observation after being treated for a blood clot. a spokesman says they discovered the clot during a follow up exam for the concussion she suffered two weeks ago. she had a stomach virus when she fainted. she is being treated with blood thinners for the blood clot. >>> venezuelan leader hugo chavez is suffering new complica
. >> if president obama and congress aren't able to avoid the fiscal cliff people here in california will be hit especially hard because of prop 30 which was voted into law back in november. it will soon mean higher sales tax and higher income tax on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know, there's a word to describe how upset the public is going to be. nobody's going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it's not going to be a happy time. but i think that's inevitably what's going to happen. >> they say the lowest income folks will see their take home pay shrink just over three and a half%. average earners 4% and top earners 6%. >> another sign the housing market is improving, the national association of realtors says pending home sales rose last month to the highest level in 2 and a half years. pending sales rose nearly 2% in november and that's the third month in a row it's gone up. >> amazon had a green christmas season. they announced the 2012 holiday sales were the biggest ever. they had s
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